Mary Ann Reilly and I have never met, though we have collaborated on a project I tossed at our state Ed Commissioner Christopher Cerf--ain't the internet grand? She's building a high school, one I'd like to be part of, but enough of the full disclosure nonsense.
I wrote this: "The atoms taught in elementary school do not exist. If a nucleus is the size of a dime, the electrons would fling as far as half a football field, and even that's just an average. What's in-between? Nothing. Nothingness is a huge part of everything."
She wrote that: "Nothingness is a huge part of everything and there is never the accounting for nothingness in the slick state and now national standards. They are overfilled with their own self importance."
The national standards are like our universe 14.6 billion years ago--no space, no wiggle room, no humanity.
Life found in the spaces, in the niches, in the shadows of the corners works the same way as the stuff that spews forth in the elevated air of Mount Hubris. And matters just as much.
Thank you, Mary Ann, for helping me see this.
Mary Ann Reilly is an artist who is fascinated by edges, by borderlands.
The photo is by her, used without permission.